Robert Reinhard from our friends over at BloggerSoDear was kind enough to answer a few questions about tonight's rematch with Wake Forest. I answered some questions from him as well, and you can find those answers over at BloggerSoDear here.
1. It feels like it's been ages since State played you guys in Raleigh, where the Pack won 78-65. What can the Pack expect to see from Wake in the rematch that will be different?
A: This team has gotten much better offensively over the past several months. True freshmen Mitchell Wilbekin, Konstantinos Mitoglou and Cornelius Hudson have improved as has redshirt freshman Greg McClinton. I also think Codi Miller-McIntyre has done a better job of playing to his strengths and attacking the basket.
2. What is it about State that seems to always inspire a fantastic performance from Devin Thomas?
A: I'm not sure, but he seems to bring his best performances against the better teams. Against a very talented N.C. State frontline in 2013, Thomas put up 25 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 blocks and 3 steals. In his games against Duke and Louisville this season, who also have excellent frontlines, he averaged 27.5 points and 8 rebounds. Hopefully he has another excellent showing on Tuesday evening.
3. What's the overall feeling among Wake Forest fans about Danny Manning so far?
A: Despite the record on the surface, Wake fans are very happy with Danny Manning. The team competes hard in nearly every game, has gotten much better throughout the season, and is seemingly playing above their talent level. He also has 3 very solid recruits coming in next year, while we only lose one rotational player. I believe, as do many other Wake fans, that Manning will take this program back to being a perennial top 25-30 team.
4. Other than Devin Thomas and Codi Miller-McIntyre, who needs to have a big game for Wake for the Deacs to win?
A: I think one of Mitchell Wilbekin or Cornelius Hudson needs to go for double-figures. Preferably both. Konstantinos Mitoglou is also an x-factor for us. He was exceptional against Syracuse and nearly helped us pull off the upset in the Carrier Dome. He's now starting, and I expect he'll be our starting power forward for the remainder of the year.
5. Let's hear a prediction!
A: I Hope I'm wrong, but I'll take State to win 70-67.
Many thanks to Robert for taking the time to answer a few questions about tonight's game! You can follow him on twitter at @Robert_Reinhard.